I'm happy to report that Beth has her blog back up and running again, so if you want to check in on her upbeat take on life, revisit Switched at Birth. She's also got recipes-plus at her companion site, The Longleaf Bar and Grill

Speaking of recipes, Kathleen has outdone herself lately with stunning photos and scrumptious dishes using native plants and wine from deep in the heart of Texas. Don't miss her at Hill Country Mysteries

Jacqui, from Dirty Sparkle blog
Hi Paula,

We have been getting a lot of press her in the UK about the NHS here being rubbish. In fact it is wonderful.

Sure, it has it's faults, like sometimes you have to wait and sometimes you can't get the 'cure' straight away. Overall, the most beneficial thing about it is it helps those on low income, primarily. There is no charge at all for treatment or prescriptions for those who earn below a threshold. Children get ALL free treatment and so do pensioners. Everyone gets a similar level of treatment.

At the more affluent end, extra heath care insurance can be taken out so that if you want a plush room with plasma screen TV you can have that. But basically, the 'national insurance' premium is deducted at source form salaries and treatment is provided for everyone. This inspires a basic confidence that you will definitely get treatment if you get ill. The cosmetic dental and cosmetic surgery system is completely separate - all actual illness is treated
in nationally approved surgeries, clinics and hospitals.

It's a wonderful thing. I hope you soon have something similar.

Jacqueline Christodoulou, Ph.D.

Here are two gems from blogsisters Beth and Kathleen:

The Smell of the Future

Fire Lines

If you haven't already discovered Hill Country Mysteries and Switched at Birth, now's your chance. Be prepared to fall in love.


Beth Westmark, publisher of the blog Switched at Birth, calls Birds on a Wire Blog terrific, with "lots of eye, mind and heart appeal." This superb writer, based on Pensacola, Florida, has been kind enough to add Birds to her blog roll. 

Read her bio for an explanation of the name of her blog. It says a lot about the blogger. What a spirit!

If you're looking for great writing, some of the best on the web is at Report from a Visitor to Heaven and Pay Phones .

To enjoy the full blog, click on:
Switched at Birth


I've stumbled across two wonderful sites and urge you to check them out.

The first is Fifty Shift, for women facing 50, or still staring at it in their rear-view mirror. A UMass faculty member runs it.

The other is Times Goes By, a well-established blog that promises to tell the truth about aging. (As if we didn't already know!)

If you like Birds on a Wire, you'll probably like one or both of those blogs, too. They're written by intelligent, thoughtful women who offer their readers much to ponder, and many ways to participate in a lively discussion. 

You can link to both sites by clicking on their names, as listed in the blogroll in the right column.